Stencils Add Personality To DIY Projects
Welcome back, my makeover mavins! How many hours did you spend this past weekend scouring Pinterest and admiring all those clever DIY upcycle ideas? You can tell us, we were doing the same thing! Cutting Edge Stencils believes in making the most of your furnishings by repurposing or upcycling pieces into custom creations so they not only work well in your space but look good too. Stencils are an easy and affordable way to transform your ordinary items, like a stool and tray, into something fresh, like a table. Let’s take a look at a recent upcyle project by one of our favorite bloggers…
We’d like to welcome back Bonnie, the thrifty, furniture makeover queen, and self-proclaimed craft nerd behind the blog Revolutionaries. Bonnie said, “It’s no secret that I love stencils! They add personality, color, and just happiness to any piece of furniture or room.” She fell in love with our Charlotte Allover Stencil and she had the perfect project in mind for the lace-like pattern when she found out her rental lease wasn’t going to be renewed. Oy! Onto plan B. Bonnie decided to craft something using the pretty pattern that she could bring with her to the new place. And here’s what she pulled together using a stool and wooden tray.
Do you love this upcycled table idea? We thought you would! We have the step-by-step, courtesy of Revolutionaries right below.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- A stencil (for this project the Charlotte Allover Stencil was used)
- Wooden Tray
- Blue painters tape
- (2) Paint Colors
- Paper plate or painter tray
- Stencil brush,(<— We like this one)
- Paper Towel
- Wood Glue or Screws
Here are the Simple Steps for Creating a Stenciled Table:
1. Gather Materials: Start the stencil project by gathering all of the materials listed above. Bonnie purchased an old wooden stool and wooden tray from a thrift store. She ripped off the foam cover that was on top of the stool.
2. Prepare the Stool & Tray: Paint the items the desired colors. For this project, Bonnie used black spray paint to coat the stool and wooden tray.
3. Start Stenciling: Position the stencil design on the tray. We recommend using painter’s tape to secure the stencil in place. Pour your paint onto a plate or paint tray. Consider using Benjamin Moore’s simply white OC-117 to get a similar look. Then using your stencil brush, dip it into the paint. Blot off the excess paint onto your folded paper towel until the brush looks almost dry. The key to stenciling is using as little paint as possible. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed and smudge. Next you will paint the design onto the tray with the stencil brush using a dry brush (stippling) technique. Stippling is when you tap the brush repeatedly over the stencil opening.
4. Finish the Table: Allow the paint to dry. For a distressed or doily look, Bonnie ran sandpaper over the dry stencil. Then she was ready to attach the tray to the stool. You can either attach it with screws or wood glue. For this project, Bonnie used wood glue because she didn’t want the screws showing. Make sure to measure and center the tray on the stool.
Ready to see the DIY stenciled table? Here it is!
Oh yeah, and Bonnie is hosting a free stencil ($50 value) giveaway on her blog. Make sure you enter!
Tell us: What have you thought about upcycling in your home? Leave us a comment below!
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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew